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7 Cat Games for Your iPad or Android Tablet

Dan Helyer Updated 03-01-2020

Long gone are the days when a scratching post or toy mouse was enough to entertain your furry companion. The feline world has entered the digital age, with a plethora of games on iPad and Android tablets made specifically for your cats.

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Most of them are free to download. Simply give your cat a nudge and show them the ropes; before you know it, they’ll be painting or catching digital fish like the rest of us.

So if you’re ready to inject some extra fun into your and your cat’s day, here are the best games for cats to download on your iPad or Android tablet.

1. Friskies JitterBug

This game is definitely a cat favorite. You can either choose Play Game or Advanced from the main screen. In both modes, you see a totally black screen with big bugs on it. When your cat taps a bug it disappears, but new ones enter all the time.

The game has no sound and your cat “wins” by getting all the bugs. Make sure you clean your tablet screen properly How to Safely Clean Your Tablet or Mobile Phone Touchscreen Grime and dirt can impact touchscreen performance. Here's how stop that by cleaning your mobile phone or tablet touchscreen. Read More to get rid of all the paw prints afterward.

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If you choose Play Game, a timer starts with various prompts and levels, which don’t really mean much to your cat. Whereas in Advanced, you can choose exactly how many bugs appear onscreen and choose to start an endless game to keep your cat entertained for hours.

Download: Friskies JitterBug for iPadOS | Android (Free)

2. Cat Fishing 2

If you’d rather your cat went fishing instead of catching bugs, Cat Fishing from Go-Cat is the obvious choice. The goal of this game is for your cat to tap on the fish, which makes them disappear and increases your cat’s score.

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The game gets more difficult, with more fish appearing and disappearing from the screen as your cat progresses to different levels. Unfortunately, the game does end after a certain amount of time. While this might frustrate some cats, most reviewers claim their pets love this game.

Download: Cat Fishing 2 for iPadOS | Android (Free)

3. Game for Cats

Game for Cats Home Screen with two modes

When you launch Game for Cats on your iPad or Android tablet, you see a split screen with lasers on one side and cheese on the other. The cheese option requires in-app purchases to play, but the laser option is totally free.

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If your cat likes to play with a laser pointer, they’re going to love this. The laser dot moves around the screen in a surprisingly lifelike way, drawing your cat to chase after it. When your cat manages to catch the laser pointer, it blows up with a small sound and a new dot appears.

To exit the game, tap and hold the paw icon on the bottom-right while shaking your iPad (hopefully your cat can’t do this by itself).

Download: Game for Cats for iPadOS | Android (Free, in-app purchases available)

4. Catch The Mouse Cat Game

Catch the Mouse for Cats Game on iPad

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As one of the only paid apps in this lineup, Catch the Mouse is worth the small amount you pay for it, but only if you turn off the sound.

What you get in this iPad-exclusive game is a cute orange mouse running around the screen for dear life. Unfortunately, the sounds are a bit over the top and most cats aren’t really into it. But once you mute your iPad, the game becomes much more appealing for cats.

If you don’t like the orange-on-black color scheme, there are five different background colors to choose from and three different mouse colors. So you can play around to find the best fit for your cat.

Download: Catch The Mouse Cat Game for iPadOS ($0.99)

5. Mouse for Cats

Mouse for Cats Level 1 with mouse and menu button

This free, 2D, high-definition iPad and Android game was built by cat lovers, for cats. With over 10 levels, the aim is—once again—to catch the on-screen mouse. This time, your cat can pin the mouse in place then let it run away again, just like in real life!

In-app purchases are available for different mice colors or noises, each of which were created specifically for your cat’s entertainment. You do need to put up with popup adds on the home screen, but they go away when you start playing.

Cycle across the different background levels or add multiple mice to keep this game engaging for your feline pals.

Download: Mouse for Cats for iPadOS | Android (Free, in-app purchases available)

6. Paint for Cats

Paint for Cats home screen on iPad

As your cat tries to catch the mouse that scurries around the screen, it’ll simultaneously paint you a masterpiece. You can choose from a variety of color palettes, and even have the option of saving or printing the finished work of art.

Given the amazing reviews this app has received, it might be justified in its claim as the “world’s best painting app for cats.”

This is the second paid app in the lineup, but there’s a slim chance you might sell your cat’s artwork to make your money back. Who knows, you might have the cat reincarnation of Jackson Pollock on your hands—Catson Pollock.

Download: Paint for Cats for iPadOS ($1.99)

7. Best Game for Cats

Best Games for Cats iPad game with cat bells rolling across screen

Similar to the other apps mentioned, the aim of this iPad-exclusive game is for your cat to catch the on-screen mice, cat bells, woolen balls, or lasers. There are also sounds to let you know how well your cat is doing without hovering over its shoulder. If the sounds annoy you, you can easily disable them.

While some games end after a certain amount of time, Best Game for Cats keeps going until you close the iPad app. It should keep your cat entertained for hours, provided the poor graphics aren’t too much of a turn off for those astute feline eyes.

Download: Best Game for Cats for iPadOS (Free)

Keep Your Cat Entertained

Although most of these iPad or Android tablet cat games follow the same formula, if one doesn’t keep your cat’s attention, try a few others. The sounds and designs all have an impact on how your cat interacts with the game; one of them is bound to work. And now that your cat is happy, why not amuse yourself with some virtual pet games.

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  1. tomas
    December 27, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    totaly missing the best and complete free called MOUSE FOR CATS!

  2. Anonymous
    March 19, 2015 at 2:38 am

    Ment to say rat or bird going around the screen.

  3. Anonymous
    March 19, 2015 at 2:36 am

    I love the app "Cat Toys 3D. " My cat plays with it like crazy. You have a choice of a cat or a bird going around on different screens and the each make their own sounds. My cat tries to dig underneath the iPad to see if he can catch it . I found out about it from a friend of mine. His cat actually cries for the iPad to be brought down for him. LOL cats are adorable

  4. Andrey Zvyagin
    June 12, 2012 at 5:11 am

    Nonsense gross, but cool!

  5. BellabooHopper
    March 30, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Have most of these apps already and my cat loves them, it's so cute trying to get the mouse and then being confused when it disappears, then she tries to look under the iPad to see where it's gone.

  6. Surlacreek
    February 25, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I'm going to get a cat!

    • Tina
      February 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      LOL Best reason to get a cat ever!

    • Yaara
      February 29, 2012 at 11:57 am

      I second what Tina said! Getting a cat for the iPad is great. :)

  7. SoloPocono
    February 23, 2012 at 6:58 am

    OK, my Feline Mistress has every one of these-plus a few more!! Call-A-Cat by Friskies, "Amazing Spider", while not specifically a "cat game", nor an iPad app, Princess Sita actually prefers this one, AND "Koi Pond". The last two were also two of the first apps I got for my iPod. While she doesn't necessarily go into "batting" overdrive with them, she'll stare at them for an hour sometimes!! As far as her more active play, yes, she also prefers either Jitterbug OR GamesForCats, (both options-she switches back and forth on her own.) The Call-A-Cat we do when she wants to play "hide & seek", OR, just when I need to find her newest sleeping spot... Lol!
    Oh, did I mention she also likes watching videos on "HER" netbook??!! ("Mean Kitty", AKA Sparta is #1, then she likes to watch a bit of Nora-especially when I'm trying to slow her down.. ;)

    • Yaara
      February 29, 2012 at 11:57 am

      That's truly awesome. :)) I will definitely check out Call-A-Cat, wonder what my cats would think of it.

  8. Saifuna
    February 12, 2012 at 4:52 am

    so cute!!!!

  9. Matt Glastonbury
    February 10, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Gaming for puddy tats.. how cool is that!

    The difference between cats and dogs? Dogs have owners and cats have staff! Example case in point below, displaying cats who have managed to get their staff to buy them apps and to borrow the iPad.. now, c'mon, who's dog does that!?

  10. Paul Janssen
    February 10, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Ahw so cute, when I have my iPad3, my cat can have my iPad2

  11. Kerry_four
    February 10, 2012 at 6:18 am

    Seek Tall lovers on -- Tall mingle.???  --, a nice club for tall people to date.

  12. J France
    February 10, 2012 at 6:10 am

    The RSPCA in Queensland has also released a free game "The Affection Connection" that may or may not be available outside the Australian Apple App Store. Free, has sound and three distinct modes.

    • Yaara
      February 10, 2012 at 7:46 am

      Interesting! Couldn't find it, though. Too bad. Thanks for the recommendation. Maybe it will become available sometimes in the future.

  13. Chris Hoffman
    February 10, 2012 at 3:46 am

    I'm shocked they're so gentle with it! Amazingly cute photos, though.

    What I found fascinating was how so many of the apps included prompts that couldn't be understood by cats. Prompts are a gameplay convention, after all.

    There's a lesson in there about not taking conventions for granted and thinking about your audience.

    • Yaara
      February 10, 2012 at 7:45 am

      Exactly. I mean, it's not like I could actually read the prompts (which were obviously meant for me) while the cats were playing. So the whole thing was really useless.

  14. Dave Parrack
    February 10, 2012 at 1:59 am

    I cannot afford an iPad for myself let alone buying one for my cat! And I don't care how much he begs me for one either. He's already spoiled.

    • Yaara
      February 10, 2012 at 7:44 am

      I hear you. :))) I got my iPad as a present, and I mostly use it for MakeUseOf stuff, so why not let my cats have a go? :)

      Like I mentioned in the article, they were actually surprisingly gentle with it!

      • Dave Parrack
        February 10, 2012 at 5:08 pm

        Knowing how mine rips my hand to pieces when we're playing, I don't think he'd be so gentle.

        An iPad is a pretty sweet present. I wish I was that fortunate! ;)